This year 8 Ursa students have joined a global community of students meeting up online to chat and exchange information about themselves and their cultures. Using the Google Hangouts video chat tool, the class teachers from different schools set up a ‘meeting’ between their classes, and the students play a game where they try to guess the town or city where the other class is from, but can only answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the questions.
Our first meet up was with a Grade 7 class from near Oslo, Norway. After guessing where we each were, we chatted about what food we eat, and the weather – even getting look through the window to see the 10cm of snow that had fallen the night before.
Our second meeting was with a group Grade 9 students from Dallas, USA. These students were part of a bigger project where they were spending 24 hours chatting to schools all across the world. The students talked about a variety of topics, and their teacher reported later that their call to Vietnam was their favourite!
Mr Ian Stuckey, 8Ursa Homeroom teacher said, “This is a great opportunity for these students to make connections with people of their own age in different parts of the world, and understand a little more about things they have in common. Not only that, but it also helps our learners build confidence in practicing their English language skills. Most importantly, though, it’s great fun!”
Mr. Ian Stuckey